A forecast of deteriorating weather for Rotorua tomorrow (Saturday 12 July) has resulted in a decision to postpone Saturday events in The Hits Fire & Ice Festival. The Rotorua Fire Walk and Polar Plunge events scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) will now be held on Sunday afternoon (13 July) from midday. Rotorua District Council major events coordinator Jason Cameron said that organising outdoor events in winter was always challenging. "So we’ve taken the decision to postpone Saturday events this weekend to avoid the concentrated spell of bad weather forecast for the afternoon and evening. More »Fire and Ice festival events postponed by weather
By Marcelo Androetto BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Argentina must avoid the errors committed against Germany in the last World Cup if they are to conquer their European rivals in th... More »Argentina must avoid past mistakes v Germany - Aguero
Giving Kiwi digital innovators the tools to help them think globally from day one is how New Zealand will become world-leader in the digital economy, says the Internet Party. Responding to Labour’s Digital Economic Upgrade announcement this morning, Internet Party leader Laila Harré said Information and Communications Technology policy needed to go further than an upgrade. It’s great to see a growing focus on the digital economy and greater agreement on how to break down barriers to growth but limiting our ambitions to an upgrade underplays the ‘once-in-a-hundred years’ opportunity for New Zealand." The Internet Party’s developing policy focuses on all stages of the start-up cycle, including support for rapid and sustainable growth. "As a movement born of the digital age we believe we get start-ups. More »'Global thinking needed' to spark NZ's digital future
After many late nights and countless discussions, the Red Bull Music Academy jury has selected 60 music makers to represent 34 countries, who will gather in Tokyo in autumn for this year’s prestigious Red Bull Music Academy edition. Watercolours, otherwise known as Auckland’s Chelsea Metcalf, will represent New Zealand and attend workshops in October 12 - November 14. The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals, hosted by the best in the industry. This year, Watercolours will participate in lectures and workshops, collaborate in the Academy’s custom-built studios, and perform in a festival of events in Tokyo’s most iconic venues. More »Watercolours to represent NZ at Red Bull Music Academy
(Reuters) - Undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr., widely regarded as the world's top pound-for-pound boxer, announced on Thursday that he will return to the ring in September for a re-match wi... More »Mayweather set for September re-match with Maidana
Christian World Service is alarmed at the harm being done by the escalating violence to civilians in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territory. CWS supports the call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to all forms of violence. Our prayers are for all those people who have lost loved ones, are injured or are traumatised in Israel and Palestine. It is not right that children grow up with such trauma," says Trish Murray International Programmes Coordinator who was in Gaza three weeks ago. More »CWS calls for end to violence in Gaza
People are reading more text than ever, but recalling less of it, a Victoria University of Wellington study on reading behaviour has found. The Impact of the Internet on Reading Behaviour, by Dr Val Hooper, an associate professor in Victoria’s School of Information Management and Master’s student Channa Herath, explored the online and offline reading behaviour of individuals. "Multitasking when reading online was common, with activities such as reading emails, checking news, exploring hyperlinks and viewing video clips providing distractions, which could have something to do with it," says Dr Hooper. More »Is the internet making us stupid?
Ex-Kiwi David Kidwell will assist former international team-mate Stephen Kearney at the helm of the NZ national team for this year's Four Nations tournament. Born in Christchurch, the tough second rower played 241 NRL first-grade games and 20 tests for New Zealand, culminating in success at the 2008 World Cup. Kidwell (Kiwi #769) coached the South Sydney Rabbitohs to the 2010 NRL Toyota Cup final, losing to the NZ Warriors, and has since served as first-grade assistant coach at the Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers. More »League: Kidwell named NZ Kiwis assistant
Craig McMillan now waits to see if he's done enough to take the Black Caps batting coach role fulltime. More »Cricket: McMillan awaits decision on fulltime Black Caps batting coach role
The WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival today launches its most ambitious programme yet, with more than 100 writers, thinkers, commentators and performers from New Zealand and around the world appearing in 68 events in the heart of the city. World-renowned food writer Ruth Reichl, indie musician and memoirist Kristin Hersh and Luke Harding - foreign correspondent for the Guardian and author of books on Edward Snowden and Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks - are among the line-up of writers taking part in WORD Christchurch, formerly known as the Christchurch Writers’ Festival, which runs from 27 to 31 August at the brand-new Rydges Hotel on Latimer Square, the nearby Transitional Cathedral and at The Physics Room in the Old Post Office building. More »Programme announced for Chch Writers & Readers Festival
Steven Adams is refining his offensive game in the lead-up to his second NBA season. Basketball: Adams working on offensive game for NBA season Steven Adams, More »Basketball: Adams working on offensive game for NBA season
An emotional Neymar believes he's lucky to not be in a wheelchair. Football World Cup: Neymar emotional over close call injury Neymar More »Football World Cup: Neymar emotional over close call injury
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has just announced there will be a Ministerial Inquiry into the way the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handled the Malaysian diplomat case. Ministerial Inquiry into Malaysian diplomat case Murray McCully, Muhammed Ismail More »Ministerial Inquiry into Malaysian diplomat case
LeBron James' decision appears imminent. Basketball: LeBron expected to announce plans for next season LeBron James, Pat Riley More »Basketball: LeBron expected to announce plans for next season
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Rio de Janeiro braced Thursday for up to 100,000 Argentine fans arriving by car, bus and motorhome for the World Cup final against Germany at the iconic Maracana Stadium. More »Rio braces for Argentina's World Cup fan frenzy
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced a Ministerial Inquiry will be held into the way the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handled the case of a Malaysian High Commission official accused of an attack on a Wellington woman. "A thorough and transparent Inquiry is important, as those managing diplomatic immunity issues for the government need to enjoy the full, unfettered confidence of the New Zealand public," Mr McCully says. The Inquiry will focus on the following areas: - the appropriateness and robustness of procedures to deal with circumstances in which a waiver of diplomatic immunity is sought by the New Zealand Government, and; - the events that took place in the Malaysian diplomat case and the management of the request for a waiver of diplomatic immunity. More »Ministerial Inquiry into diplomatic immunity announced
The latest information emerging from court documents in the Malaysian diplomat case clearly points to Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials not acting in isolation from the government, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. "The bail conditions, included surrendering his passport in the Wellington District Court within two days, that is, by May 12. "Three days later on May 15 ‘at the request of police’ bail conditions were removed which begs the question, who authorised the police to change their stance. More »MFAT officials 'could not have acted in isolation'
By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Miroslav Klose and Thomas Mueller will bring a grand total of 26 World Cup goals to the final on Sunday, a staggering tally for two of the most pro... More »Scoring kings Klose, Mueller eye more German goals
Runners and walkers in this year’s Ascot Park Hotel Southland Festival of Running are guaranteed a dry finish line this year - with the event set to finish inside the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome. More »Indoor finish for Southland Festival of Running
By Mike Collett RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany has left a deep scar on the World Cup hosts and highlighted the need for a football shake-up in the... More »Brazil sports minister says 7-1 loss shows shake-up needed
Two young New Zealand shearers have figured in an historic first ladies’ event at the Great Yorkshire Show in England, watched by Princess Anne. The three-sheep, six-shearer final on Wednesday was won by full-time shearer Catherine Mullooly, from Matawai, near Gisborne, and fifth was university graduate Sarah Higgins, of Havelock, in Marlborough, both in the UK on their Big OE. Mullooly last summer became the first female to top Shearing Sports New Zealand’s annual rankings in any grade when she dominated Intermediate competition in the lower North Island and Higgins, the 2013 Golden Shears Junior woolhandling champion, graduated as a Bachelor in Commerce from Lincoln University in May. Higgins, expecting to head back downunder next month to eventually settle into a career with H Dawson Wool NZ, described the experience as "awesome," although she didn’t personally get to chat with the Princess Royal, who was intrigued, as were local media, that a women’s contest had emerged at one of the World’s oldest agricultural shows. More »Shearing: Kiwi lasses' Royal moment in Yorkshire
Decisions will need to be made around which of Wellington's heritage buildings will be strengthened against earthquakes. Decisions loom for Wellington's heritage buildings Wellington More »Decisions loom for Wellington's heritage buildings
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